Jose B. "Che Che" Gomez

March 11, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Jose B. "Che Che" Gomez, 67, of Calexico, who died Wednesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at noon Monday in Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Gomez was born June 8, 1933, in Mexicali and lived most of his life in the Imperial Valley. He attended schools in Calexico through grammar school.

He last worked for American Packing and also worked for Hanson Farms in Salinas. He followed the agricultural seasons throughout California.


He had been disabled for 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Gomez of Calexico; sons, Jose Gomez of Salinas, and Jose Bernardo-Gomez of Mexicali; daughters, Teresa and Gabby Gomez, both of Calexico; brothers, Leandro Gomez of Calexico, and Pablo Gomez of Mexicali; sister, Frances Guerrero of Calexico; and five grandchildren.


Private funeral services were held Saturday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for former Imperial Valley resident Kathleen Dovie Thompson, 61, of Morro Bay who died Monday at her home from complications related to breast cancer.

Mrs. Thompson was born March 7, 1939, in Indio but grew up in the Imperial Valley where she attended Calexico and El Centro schools before graduating from Central Union High School in El Centro in 1957.

She attended Imperial Valley College before beginning a long career as a representative for public employee unions, including school classified employees in San Diego and other regions in California and employees of Hearst Castle in Northern California.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Catherine Smith, and a son, Eric Thompson, both of the Imperial Valley.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, James and Aurora Morales Thompson of Morro Bay; brother, James Ferrell of Alaska; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Kerrie Ferrell of Beaumont; stepfather, Gordon Ferrell of Calexico; longtime friend and companion Ron Ronaldi of Morro Bay; and granddaughter, Kathleen Morales Thompson of Morro Bay.

The family suggests those who wish to donate in her name contribute to their local breast cancer awareness group.

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